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Quinoa Granola Bars

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Olena Osipov
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These quinoa granola bars are packed with protein and flavor with only a fraction of the sugars in commercial granola bars!

Plus, they’re perfect for kids’ lunch boxes along with healthy oatmeal cookies, coconut protein balls, and protein cookies!

Quinoa Granola Bars

I have a love hate relationship with granola bars. I love the convenience but hate how hard it is to make them healthy, and my kids like them at same time, right?! I also hate the cost of good granola bars. The only granola bars I buy are organic Taste of Nature. A box at Costco costs $18, ouch.

I do not eat granola bars myself but for kids they are perfect. I’m more of a homemade protein bars girl, but my kids like my mango granola bars. However, we all love quinoa granola with coconut and chia and chocolate quinoa granola. Healthy granola is always a good thing in my books!

Quinoa Granola Bars on parchment paper

I came across this recipe on Pinterest and have made it with a few modifications. In fact, I made 5 batches to make sure my quinoa granola bars recipe works. Therefore, different pictures.

It was a lot of work to find a balance between the bars being low in sugar and yet stick together, and my kids like them. Quite a challenge, I’ll tell ya. I’d rather make 5 dinners instead.

I’ve already made several recipes with quinoa that are perfect for a nutrient-dense breakfast like this blueberry quinoa breakfast bake, quinoa egg muffins, chocolate quinoa muffins, slow cooker breakfast quinoa, or quinoa bread – now it’s the turn of these quinoa granola bars!

close-up of Quinoa Granola Bars

I added quinoa, steel cut oats, reduced chocolate chips and omitted brown sugar. These quinoa granola bars came out great: toasted, crunchy and sweet for my taste. I do not like overly sweet things.

And kids approved! Yes, that was important since these quinoa granola bars are not for me. Usually I get a big eye roll with almost any bars I make them try. You know, kids prefer shiny store wrappers to many things homemade. This time, I didn’t have to ask twice. I think they would like more chocolate chips, but I personally wouldn’t.

mixing ingredients for Quinoa Granola Bars in a blue bowl and mixing honey and brown rice syrup in a green bowl

You can get really creative with these quinoa granola bars. Replace steel cut oats with extra quick oats. Use your favourite nuts or seeds in place of almonds.

However, do not try to reduce the amount of brown rice syrup/honey and increase the egg whites in hopes of reducing sugars. That I tried and the bars wouldn’t hold together.

Mixing wet and dry ingredients together in blue bowl

These quinoa granola bars make a great snack, especially for school lunches. And especially if your child’s school is peanut-free facility. I usually store my bars in a long loaf pan inside the pantry. Then just pop in a small sandwich bag. Wrapping bars is too much work for me but you could. This recipe makes 16 bars, so you can stock up. You could also freeze some for later.

Prefer to eat your quinoa in savory meals? How about this quinoa tabbouleh salad, quinoa stew, spinach artichoke quinoa casserole, or chicken quinoa bowls – just to name a few!

Pressing Quinoa Granola Bar mixture into parchment paper lined baking pan

More Healthy Bar Recipes

You might also like these Instant Pot steel cut oats or this compiled list of 30 quinoa recipes!

 

Quinoa Granola Bars

Quinoa Granola Bars

Quinoa Granola Bars Recipe with steel cut oats, flaxseed, chocolate chips and small amount of brown rice syrup for kids approved homemade healthy granola bars.
5 from 12 votes
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Course: Breakfast or Snack
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 16 servings
Calories: 281kcal
Author: Olena Osipov

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F and spread quick oats, quinoa, steel cuts oats and almonds on a large rimmed baking sheet. Bake for 10 -15 minutes or until lightly brown, stirring occasionally. Remove from the oven, transfer to a large mixing bowl and let cool completely.
  • Stir in flax seed, chocolate chips and salt into cooled oats. In a medium bowl, lightly beat the egg whites, add brown rice syrup/honey and coconut oil. Mix well to combine, pour over the dry ingredients and mix well again.
  • Line 9 x 13 baking dish with parchment paper and spray with cooking spray. Transfer mixture into the baking dish and using spatula or wet hands press it firmly. You have to press really well for the bars to hold together! Bake for 30 minutes, remove from the oven and let cool completely. I usually let the bars cool in the pan for an hour and then, holding by the parchment paper flaps, transfer on a cooling rack for another hour or so. Cut into 16 bars.

Store: Store in a cool dry place for a few weeks or freeze in an airtight container for up to 3 months.

    Notes

    • *Use certified gluten free oats to make the recipe gluten free.
    • **Peanuts, hazelnuts or walnuts would work as well.
    • ***Recipe by Just a Taste with a few adaptations.

    Nutrition

    Serving: 1granola bar | Calories: 281kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 51mg | Sodium: 108mg | Potassium: 220mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 74IU | Calcium: 69mg | Iron: 2mg
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